Graeme McDowell well in the hunt at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell is three behind clubhouse leader Rafa Cabrera Bello at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida after hitting a four-under-par 68 in Thursrday’s first round.

The Portrush player recovered from two early bogeys to get to the turn in one under.

He then picked up a further shot at the 10th, before moving to four under after an eagle on the par-five 16th.

Rory McIlroy needed two late birdies to card a level-par 72.

McIlroy said: “A 72 was probably a fair reflection of my game. I’ll go out in the morning and try and shoot a good one and I’ll be right there for the weekend.”